Rigging Chronology

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This is a basic rigging chronology that is currently under construction.

Date Event Image Comment Source
50,000 BC Colonization of Australia Archaeological finds Bellwood 1979, 38-43.
11,000 BC Sailing in the Mediterranean Obsidian from Melos in SE Peloponnese Franchthi Cave Cherry 1990, 193.
3500 c. BC First depiction of a sail (square) First Depiction of Sail Casson14-11.jpg Egypt - Pot from the Gerzean period. Probably not Egyptian, as the ship has high prow and stern, looking more like Mesopotamian Bass 1972, 12-13
3000 c. BC Stone buildings and plank boats Egypt Casson 1994, 15
2500 c. BC Rowing and tiller bar Egypt Casson 1994, 19
2450 c. BC Seagoing ships with hogging trusses and bipod masts 2450BC Casson22-17.jpg Egypt - Relief in Sahure pyramid. Casson 1994, 22
2000 c. BC Low aspect sail Egypt Casson 1994, 36
1900 c. BC Pole mast stepped amidships 1900BC Casson20-16.jpg Egypt Casson 1994, 20
1500 c. BC Seagoing ships with pole masts 1500BC Casson24-18.jpg Egypt - Hatshepsut tomb relief Casson 1994, 24
1400 c. BC Round ships. Sails still have booms. 1400BC Casson37-30.jpg Egypt - Painting in tomb in Thebes Casson 1994, 37
1190 c. BC Loose-footed square sail Relief on the temple of Ramses III. Casson 1994, 24
510 c. BC Brails 510BC Casson45-36.jpg Athenian cup in the British Museum Casson 1994, 44-46
480 c. BC Artemon mast 480BC_Casson46-38.jpg Etruscan tomb in Tarquinia Casson 1994, 44-46
400's BC Large merchantmen: ten-thousenders Greece Casson 1994, 121
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